I’m fine. Or, you know, close enough.



I pulled up TimeHop on my phone this morning.


I read a post from three years ago– it was my son’s seventh birthday party. We did a football theme that year and a strangely warm late January day meant the boys could actually play some ball outside.


I remember being so [...]

The Hardest Kid for Me to Love



She was pale.


That was the first thing I noticed about her. Honestly, she was so thin and pale and drawn that she always looked just on the edge of being ill to me, but she wasn’t. It was just her natural build and coloring. That gaunt face was surrounded by pale [...]

Before I Blink



“I really need to figure out what I’m going to do with my life,” he says from the backseat.




I glance in the rearview mirror and smile. “What do you mean, kiddo?”


“I mean I have to decide what I want to be. What I’m good at, you [...]

Cottage Getaway



From the time I was four-years-old, all the way up through high school, my family would rent a cottage in Newport, RI every summer.


The cottage, unlike Newport, was not glamorous. We had no TV, no phone, no air conditioning. We traipsed sand in all the livelong day. We ate simply [...]

“My Story… ” Monday: It’s all relative.






I’m going to wrap up this story today, and, to be honest, I’m a little nervous that you’re all expecting a big, dramatic ending.


Spoiler alert: there isn’t one.


My father-in-law was released from the hospital and they checked into the extended stay hotel for a couple [...]

“My Story… “: Wreath of Wrath





I remember getting home from work one October day and finding my husband and mother-in-law both gone. They had headed out car shopping since, at this point, it had become clear that his car was not going to be worth saving. I had my own vehicle back from repair by [...]

“My Story… ” Monday: Disconnected


(If you need to catch up, the last post in this series can be found right here, along with links to all the previous posts.)


I may have fired off a couple dozen questions at my husband as he wearily drove me to the banking center where I was “training” (<– in [...]

“My Story… ” Monday: Waiting & Waiting





Here’s where I tell you that I liked my in-laws. I really did. My father-in-law, in particular, and I got along rather smashingly. Things weren’t quite so smooth and easy-going with my mother-in-law, but much of that could be chalked up to my being extraverted and affectionate and her being [...]

“My Story… ” Monday: Car Trouble & a Surprise




My husband picked me up from the training center where I was “learning to be a teller” and filled me in on what was happening.


It had been three days since we moved there. Our stuff had arrived and he had pretty much gotten it all unpacked while I worked. [...]

“My Story… ” Monday: Virginia or Bust

One thing you should know about me is that I really do NOT like driving. I mean, I’m fine driving around familiar places and it doesn’t stress me out to take the kids to activities and stuff right around here, but I loathe the highway, adverse conditions, and, well, most driving.


If we’re [...]